This project aims to improve the sexual and reproductive health and rights of young people.

The project takes a multi-component approach, working simultaneously on ensuring sexuality education, youth-friendly services and building a supportive environment.

Aidsfonds focuses its activities in Uganda and works specifically with self-organisations of (young) people living with HIV. Aidsfonds aims to ensure that the rights and need of people living with HIV are fully integrated in sexuality education, health services and sexual and reproductive health policies.

NAFOPHANU and UNYPA will strengthen capacity of young people living with HIV through education and awareness sessions, trainings, community dialogues with community leaders, facilitating peer to peer support and campaigns. The successful annual Y+ Beauty Pageant, organised by UNYPA, reaches a wide audience and aims at fighting stigma and discrimination against young people affected and living with HIV.

Project details

Time frame
16 January 2016 - 31 December 2020
€ 205,747
Active in

Pallisa, Jinja, Iganga, Nankapiriprint and Kampala

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The Get Up Speak Out Theory of Change (ToC) builds on the successes and experience from ASK and UFBR. Our unique added value is our ability to address the multitude of factors and actors influencing young people’s SRHR using a multi-component approach. Using our individual and joint expertise, we can successfully link (i) provision of sexuality education and information, (ii) provision of quality, youth-friendly SRH services and (iii) building support for youth SRHR, by addressing socio-cultural and political barriers in terms of practices, norms and policies.

Community groups

76 young people are trained as peer buddies who link young people to care. In 2018 alone, UNYPA provided over 25,000 SRHR services to young people. Through the successful Beauty Pageant campaing, over 7 million people in Uganda are reached with HIV, SRHR and anti-stigma information.


Get Up Speak Out builds on the previous Access, Knowledge and Services (ASK) and Unite for Body Rights (UfBR) projects, which were implemented in the same countries through alliances of complementing partners.

The project aims to improve the poor sexual and reproductive health and rights of young people by strengthening civil society organisations to effectively address young people’s rights and needs. Meaningful youth participation is a key strategy to make sure the voice of young people is heard.

In Uganda young people face high risks for sexual and reproductive health problems and rights violations. Young people, including young people living with HIV, lack access to sexuality information and services and policies are often not well aligned to the reality of young people.

The consortium of partners has built a strong base of partner organisations in the countries of interventions. The next 5 years will focus on further strengthening these country alliances to effectively and sustainably address young people’s sexual and reproductive health and rights.

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